Paver EZ Installation Guide
Excavating the area:
Outline the project area to be excavated, remember to mark the location of all underground utilities, we suggest using orange paint.
Driving stakes will assist in holding the outline and digging straight 90 degree edges and clean corners.
Drive a stake at the high point of your slope, mark the high point on the stake, this is typically the point were the pavers meet at the bottom of the front door, steps or area closest to the structure. Drive a stake at the outer boundary of the area, this is the low point.
Tie string to the high point stake were the pavers will meet, using a line level tie the other end to the outer stake at the height the line level shows the entire string in level. Mark the stake.
Move down the outer stake at the slope rate you have determined, at least a minimum of 1/8" for every lineal foot (e.g. if its 8 feet from the high point to the low point using 1/8" move down 1"; if using a slope rate of ?" move down 2")and mark the stake again. Move the string down to the mark.
Stringing cross lines will ensure the depth is correct across the entire project.
If your design has several slopes, repeat the steps for every slope rate. Getting the slope correct is critical to your installation.
Foot traffic spaces generally need 4 to 6 inches of base; however, areas such as driveways or extremely moist soil conditions need any where from 6 to 12 inches of base.
Figure the depth of the base you will need, add approximately 1 inch for sand and the thickness of the pavers you have chosen. A typical paver is 2 3/8" (e.g. 6" base + 1" sand + 2 3/8" paver = 9 3/8" this is how deep you need to excavate).
Measure the depth of your excavation from the string, not from the ground! Measure frequently
Excavate the area, if using a skid steer such as a bobcat or simply digging with a shovel make sure you are using a sharp, smooth bucket or a sharp flat edge shovel. This will help you achieve a flat, smooth final excavation.
Always hand dig around the underground utilities you previously marked with orange paint
Make sure to leave room to install edging by excavating approximately 6 to 12 inches past the boundaries of your project.